2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on January 30, 2012 @ 17:01:14 PDT


Virginia Tech junior rusher David Wilson enters the 2012 NFL Draft as a highly rated player at his position.

Wilson rushed for 1,709 yards on 290 carries in 2012. He scored nine times on the ground and chipped in another through the air on his 22 receptions. 

David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
One-year wonder? Doutbful


  • Excellent speed and acceleration
  • Potential as a receiver despite being seldom used
  • High motor - always fighting for more yardage
  • Home run hitter
  • Doesn't open himself to a lot of big hits - elusive in the open field
  • Great balance and agility
  • Impressive first step
  • Tougher runner than his size suggests (5-foot-10, 205 pounds)
  • Of good character - always puts forth a strong effort
  • Pedigree of Frank Beamer-coached running backs
  • Productive (1,709 rushing yards, 10 total TDs in 2011)
  • Makes the most out of limited work (averaged at least 5.5 yards per carry every season throughout his collegiate career)
  • Special teams return experience
  • Low mileage


  • Often critical of play-calling and his involvement
  • Limited experience
  • Very raw as a pass protector
  • Indecisive inside runner
  • Average vision and isn't particularly instinctual
  • Tends to try too hard to make plays, resulting in a lot of negative yardage

Expected draft placement

Wilson has low-end first-round talent, but the lack of a premium placed on running backs in the opening stanza may force him to slide into the second round.

Teams that could show interest in Wilson include the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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